This coming Sunday, June 22, it's the second annual Chalk Flood and Street Fair along Monroe Center between Ionia Avenue and Division Avenue. Everyone coming downtown gets to decorate the sidewalk and street along these blocks. 6.25 Paper Studio and Gina’s Boutique, two Downtown businesses, will host the event to support the Downtown neighborhood.

The Chalk Flood and Street Fair is a fair-styled event and is free. Activities begin at noon and last until 4 p.m. There will be food and music with everyone encouraged to cover their city in art. Adults and children will be able to compete to create the best work of art, and the winners will receive Downtown-themed prizes.

Last year, the event saw close to 400 people come down. This year, the event will encourage an even wider audience with the addition of local food vendors, pop-up shops, and a beer tent that will benefit Rays of Hope International, a nonprofit that provides aid to third world countries, including Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Popular attractions such as face painting and a DJ will continue again this year.

Nick Yribar, co-owner of Vault of Midnight comic book shop, told us, “These types of events are exactly why we're so excited to be in Downtown Grand Rapids. To have local shops working together, organizing and executing such a unique, awesome event; you don't find this kind of thing everywhere, and we're proud to be a part of a neighborhood that pulls it off so well.”

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. and Rockford Construction are sponsoring the event.

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